The Finnis Scott Foundation has announced a Call for Applications for its NEW Botanical Art Award worth £10,000 for organisations involved with botanical art.
A number of leading people in the botanical art world have been helping to get the award set up. Applications will judged by a sub-committee of experts with knowledge of botanical art.
Below is a briefing about this brand new award. [Please note minor modifications have been made since this was first posted as matters have been clarified]
This is a very long post so there's a READ MORE break inserted - so make sure you click READ MORE to read the complete post.
The Finnis Scott Foundation Botanical Art Award (£10,000)
I've been asked by Charlotte Brooks, the Botanical Art Award Secretary, to help promote this award - which I'm very happy to do.
Below I've tried to do my usual review of the terms and conditions for a "call for entries" and have created a digest, highlighting key facts and making some suggestions.
Any queries need to be addressed by emailing the Secretary: email@example.com
What is the Botanical Art Award?
The Finnis Scott Foundation is offering a NEW biennial award (every two years) valued at up to £10,000, to support and promote the practice of botanical painting.
The aim of the Award is that it should enable established botanical art groups to:
It's important to note that it's expected that the funding from the Award will last for no longer than two years - hence if any project is to have a longer life it will need to secure recurrent funding from other sources before or during the project.
The award will fund
discrete projects that promote and encourage the practice and appreciation of botanical painting.
It enables dedicated botanical art societies and similar groups to apply for funding to develop projects they wouldn’t otherwise be able to carry out.
It encourages botanical artists, who often work alone, to collaborate and co-operate with other botanical artists with a view to promoting the practice of botanical art and and creating and outcome for those who appreciate it.
It recognises the contribution of those who have already helped raise the profile of botanical art and now want to further extend their reach to new audiences by enabling them to carrying out something 'extra-ordinary' (i.e. not just business as usual)
Obviously the nature of the project is up to individual groups to decide.
Projects might involve develop educational and creative opportunities e.g. developing
The judges are looking to reward fresh ideas, original projects and new ways of working.
My thoughts, for what they are worth - in terms of what I think are "gaps" in botanical art activities in the UK - is that a project might be
Next - the application process (who/what/how/when)!
Following on from yesterday's post (see VIDEO: Lizzie Harper compares painting on different watercolour papers), Wendy Hollender contacted me to tell me she had also produced a video about testing different papers.
Her video (and blog post) display
Some comments on the video before you watch it:
Perhaps the most important conclusion she makes is that taking time to get to know a paper properly is necessary if you really want to make a proper assessment. In other words she could work with all the papers in the list if she adjusted how she worked.
So here's the video (which you can also view bigger via YouTube - click the YouTube bottom right in the video when you start it).
Her blog post provides more details about Evaluating Hotpressed watercolor papers for botanical drawing. It covers:
Both this video and the one from yesterday are now included on my page in the Education section about Paper for botanical artists. This also offers guidance on how to test paper.
The most important advice I have to offer is that only YOU can work out the best paper for your work. That's because everybody works slightly differently and what works best for one artist will not suit another.
So take your time and do some testing:
DO YOU HAVE A VIDEO OF YOUR PAPER TESTING?
If so, please do let me know.
If it adds value to the ongoing debate I'm happy to share it via this blog and my website.
This post is about a BRAND NEW and very useful video comparing paper for botanical artists by professional artist and illustrator Lizzie Harper, who specialises in botanical, natural history and scientific illustration.
In the video, she tests samples (not sheets or blocks) of five different watercolour papers.
She made it as her contribution to the collective effort to find a new paper for botanical artists after the problems with Fabriano Artistico HP. There have been a number of problems with that paper experienced by many botanical artists have in recent times. Some artists have given up on waiting for Fabriano to find an answer...
The papers tested are:
I won't spoil the ending by telling you which two papers she says she'll be focusing on in future.
This article on her blog shows you close-ups of the papers and the results achieved.
I will add a note of caution and advice.
Of late artists have found that samples of some paper have not been the same as either sheets or blocks of paper they have subsequently bought from the same manufacturer. Canson Heritage is the latest to be "under the spotlight" on this score.
Hence if you'd like to repeat the test for yourself - because people work in different ways and what works for one person is not necessarily the best paper for somebody else - I suggest you
This video has been added in to my new page about Paper on my website. (I also have a page about Vellum)
My Paper Page is still a work in progress but it covers:
I'd love to see more videos of botanical artists testing different papers and the results you've achieved so I can share them with others via my page. It's a lot more permanent than sharing on Facebook!
Where can you see botanical art in the UK? Well according to my website in rather a lot of places! So much so I've had to reorganise my website to make the information easier to access.
So below is a guide to the various pages sitting under the UK tab on the Exhibitions Menu. One of the pages has also got a new URL!
The main page has a form and guidance to tell you how to tell me about an upcoming exhibition. If you provide good quality information and images you may also get a blog post about your exhibition!
Information about botanical art exhibitions in the UK
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